Benjamin Forman is MassINC’s Research Director and the Editor of Gateways magazine. While at the Brookings Institution he collaborated with MassINC on the groundbreaking 2007 report, Reconnecting Massachusetts Gateway Cities. Ben now leads MassINC’s Gateway Cities Innovation Institute. Ben has authored a number of MassINC publications, and he speaks frequently to organizations and media across Massachusetts. As a graduate student, Ben was awarded a Rappaport Public Policy Fellowship and served in the City of New Bedford’s planning department. He earned his master’s in City Planning from MIT and has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Trinity College.


Managing Editor

Maureen McInerney is the Public Affairs Associate for MassINC and the Managing Editor of Gateways magazine. She is responsible for outreach to community organizations and elected officials on behalf of MassINC. That work has taken her across the Commonwealth, specifically to Gateway Cities, for whom she has become an enthusiastic cheerleader. Maureen is a graduate of Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communication Studies, and is an active member of the Boston Women’s Rugby Club.



Lauren Grogan joined MassINC in 2009 and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2011. She is also the Publisher of Gateways magazine. She started her career working for Boston Mayor Kevin White and so began her passion for urban places. Prior to joining MassINC, Lauren was a senior vice president at Solomon McCown & Company, where she founded and led the public affairs practice, serving local and national clients. Lauren earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Political Science from Colby College.


Creative Director

Mary Garnish Bauman has been designing magazines for more than ten years. Based in the Berkshires, Mary co-founded Studio Two design firm and then moved on to work for Berkshire Living magazine, winning several design awards from the City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA). She was also Creative Director for the first two issues of Culture, the word on cheese. More recently, Mary redesigned Sonoma magazine (Sonoma, CA) as the CD, which has won CRMA awards since. Mary lives on a lake with her husband, a Maltipoo, and a short-legged Golden.


Helena Altman is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Innovation and the Director of Performance Management for the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Throughout her career, Helena has worked to develop pioneering methods of cultivating and growing economic ecosystems. She has been a policy advisor to governors, building off her experience of leading the Berkshire Creative Economy Council. Helena is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government with a master’s in Public Administration and an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts concentrating on Arts and Entrepreneurship.


Hannah Chanatry is a contributing arts writer for WBUR’s The ARTery and a research assistant for the MassINC Polling Group, where she produces their weekly podcast, The Horse Race. In addition to WBUR, her work has appeared in CommonWealth Magazine and the Syracuse Post-Standard. Before moving to Boston, Hannah worked with Istituto Lorenzo de’Medici in Florence, Italy, and studied journalism in Istanbul, Turkey. Originally from upstate New York, Hannah earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Communications from St. Lawrence University.


Linda Enerson is a freelance writer. She has been a guest contributor to CommonWealth Magazine since 2012. Prior to her work in journalism, Linda managed a variety of social service programs serving at-risk youth, domestic violence victims and offenders, and people with mental illness. She graduated from Kenyon College and has a master’s in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University.


Joshua Gee lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. He used to work in Lowell and once took his girlfriend on a romantic weekend getaway in Worcester. His weekly email newsletter, Snack Cart, collects the best food writing from across America Sign up at


Gloria Hall is dedicated to the presentation of experiences that connect people to places and history. She is the co-founder and project manager of the award-winning public art exhibit Art in the Park, Worcester and call administrator for Art in the Yard in Oxford, Massachusetts and Public Art at Hanover Insurance in Worcester. During her tenure as the director of the Willis Center’s Cultural Institute, she created cultural arts programs that received two National Endowment of the Arts grants. She is a former recipient of the Telegram & Gazette Community Vision Cultural Enrichment Award and the Worcester County YWCA’s Katherine F. Erskine Award in Arts & Humanities. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in Historic Preservation.


As Communications Director at MassINC, Llyr Johansen is responsible for developing and implementing effective communication strategies that advance MassINC’s mission. Llyr is also the Media Director for MPG Media, leading the development and execution of content production, media strategy and messaging for The MassINC Polling Group. Before moving to Boston, Llyr made his mark in Hollywood as a production professional in the trenches of the film industry. A Boulder native, Llyr holds a bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Princess Moon is a second-generation Cambodian-American storyteller, teaching artist, and award-winning community organizer from Lowell, Massachusetts. Her work unearths conversations with ancestral spirits, exposes trauma left by the ghosts of violent men, and explores the hauntingly beautiful journey of finding one’s self. You can find her poetry in Untitled from the Untitled, Young Angel Midnight: An Anthology of Emerging Artists, grumpy shower, and her book, The Genocide’s Love Baby Learns to Sing (Bootstrap Press). For more information, visit


Ashira Morris is a journalist based in Cambridge. She previously worked for MassINC as a Marketing and Development Associate. In her past life in Washington DC, she worked at the PBS NewsHour and wrote for Washington City Paper. Originally from Florida, she is still enchanted by New England’s changing leaves and falling snow — particularly in Gateway Cities.


Catherine Tumber is a research manager with the UMass Donahue Institute’s Economic and Public Policy Research group, a fellow with MassINC’s Gateway Cities Innovation Institute, and a Penn Institute for Urban Research scholar. She is a former research affiliate with the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning’s Community Innovators Lab and resident fellow of Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African- American Research. She holds a doctorate in U.S. History from the University of Rochester and an undergraduate degree in Social Thought and Political Economy from UMass Amherst.


Lisa Wong is a senior fellow with the Governing Institute. She was the Mayor of Fitchburg from 2007 – 2015. Over the years, she has played a leading role helping Gateway City mayors and managers coalesce around a shared policy agenda. Her leadership was instrumental in the passage of Gateway Cities economic development legislation, and she has also been a major advocate for the Gateway Cities in education policy. Lisa also serves on MassINC’s Board of Directors.